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October 24, 2014

Coming Attraction: The Barnes Foundation Presents William Glackens, The First Major Survey On The Philadelphia-Born Painter In More Than 40 Years, Opening Saturday, November 8


This oil-on-canvas painting, Family Group, was painted in 1910/11 by William Glackens, and is just one of more than 80 important works that will be on view in William Glackens at The Barnes Foundation. (Image courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Glackens)

Any day of the year, a visit to The Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway involves an awe-inspiring permanent collection featuring 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Degas, Seurat, Prendergrast, Titian, Picasso and so much more.

This fall and winter, in addition to the remarkable collection, visitors to The Barnes will also be able to take in a momentous special exhibition: William Glackens, the first comprehensive survey of the Philadelphia-born painter in nearly half a century.

A highly curated exhibition, William Glackens brings together more than 80 works from the Barnes collection, as well as public and private collections throughout the United States.

A Philadelphia native, Glackens (1870-1938) attended Philadelphia’s Central High School before going on to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Moreover, Glackens played an important role in the development of the Barnes’ collection itself.

During his grade school years, Glackens attended Central with none other than Albert Barnes, founder of The Barnes Foundation, and the two were close friends. Later, Glackens encouraged Barnes’ appreciation of modern French painting, and Glackens even purchased art for Barnes in early 1912.

More than just a friend of Barnes, though, Glackens was an extremely important American painter with an influential career that stretched for five decades. As a painter and arts advocate, he was instrumental in changing the showing-and-selling process of art around 1908, a member of the selection committee of the 1910 Exhibition of Independent Artists and served as chairman of the American section of the 1913 Armory Show.

The Barnes exhibition represents nearly the whole of Glackens’s career, spanning from the 1890s through the 1930s, but concentrates on Glackens’ most pivotal, adventurous and distinct works, including At Mouquin’s and The Soda Fountain. Overall, more than 80 major paintings and works on paper are included in the long-overdue survey.

To complement the sweeping show, The Barnes has a multitude of special programming on its schedule throughout the fall and winter. Look forward to festive receptions, curator-led talks and a high-spirited, vaudeville-style First Friday event on Friday, November 7.

Admittance to the exhibition is free with price of regular museum admission, or guests can opt to become a member of The Barnes Foundation to gain access to exclusive events and enjoy free admission to the Barnes through the run of the show.

Stay tuned for more on this must-see retrospective, and make plans now to take a closer look at one of Philadelphia’s talented sons.

William Glackens
When: November 8-February 2, 2015
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Included in regular museum admission; Exhibition only, $10
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From November 8 to February 2, 2015, the Barnes Foundation presents William Glackens — the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work since 1966 — which includes this work, Street Cleaners, Washington Square, circa 1910. (Image courtesy The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia and Merion)

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October 24, 2014

The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre Presents An Innovative Take On Henry V, The Ultimate Underdog War Story, Through November 16

Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre takes on Henry V, and adds a modern-day twist by setting the play in a prep school classroom. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre)

This fall, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre puts a new spin on a classic underdog war story with an innovative staging of Henry V, on stage now through November 16.

As directed by Barrymore Award-winning Aaron Cromie, this production makes the most of its youthful cast by situating the play as part of a final exam in a private prep school classroom. Just like the title character, the students are coming-of-age and confronting uncertain challenges.

The central story, of course, is about the brash young King Henry V who is leading his ragtag band of troops against the French army.

Henry’s army is sick and sorely outnumbered — in other words they’re surely doomed. Or so it seems, until Henry gives an impassioned speech that implores his soldiers to stay and fight like a “band of brothers” who will see victory despite what appear to be insurmountable odds.

The speech, one of the finest penned by Shakespeare, has become a famous patriotic call to arms that’s been invoked in modern day conflicts.

Cromie’s Henry V offers a fresh interpretation of this story wrought with political intrigue and based on real-life events that took place at Battle of Agincourt, in 1415.

By shifting the setting and perspective, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre puts a new twist on that famous speech, as well as the joys and pains of fulfilling one’s destiny.

Tickets, starting at $20, are available online.

Henry V
When: Through November 16
Where: Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom Street
Cost: $20-$35
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October 24, 2014

Weekend Picks: Halloween Celebrations In East Passyunk, Manayunk, Rittenhouse And Old City, Head Of The Schuylkill Regatta, POST, Terror Behind The Walls, Oktoberfest At Dilworth Park And More

The weekend before Halloween brings a ton of spooky events to neighborhoods and towns throughout the region, like the Halloweekend in Manayunk, the Rittenhouse Halloween Celebration and Spooky Saturday in East Passyunk. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

This pre-Halloween weekend brings a ton of spooky events to neighborhoods and towns throughout the area including Halloweekend in Manayunk, the Rittenhouse Halloween Celebration and Spooky Saturday in East Passyunk. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

This pre-Halloween weekend means tons of tricks and treats are in the bag all throughout the region.

Halloween arrives in neighborhoods including East Passyunk, Manayunk, Rittenhouse and South Street with family-friendly activities, costume contests, trick-or-treating and much more.

Dilworth Park also wraps up its Oktoberfest celebrations with a beer-fueled bash on Saturday complete with music, shopping, family-friendly activities and plenty of autumnal food and drinks.

This weekend also marks the annual Head of the Schuylkill Regatta (and it’s going to be a beautiful weekend for a race on the river!). Make plans to cheer on the crews at the two-day regatta, which promises alfresco good times for the expected 50,000 spectators.

It’s also the final weekend of Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST), the largest tour program of artist studios and creative work spaces in the region. Explore the work spaces of some of the city’s most creative minds on both Saturday and Sunday.

Read on for our guide to this weekend.

Friday, October 24

Top Pick: Halloweekend in Manayunk (Fri, Sat)

Top Pick: U.S. Women’s National Team World Cup Qualifier at PPL Park

Top Pick: Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Grand Opening of Century 21 (Fri, Sat Sun)

Top Pick: Grand Opening of Nordstrom Rack (Fri, Sat Sun)

Top Pick: Our Guide to the Best Beer Gardens to Visit This Fall (Fri, Sat Sun)

Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Film Festival Closing Night Party and Film

Young Professionals Night: Mementos from Paris at The Barnes Foundation

Great Expectations at the Arden Theatre Company (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Gravedigger’s Ball at Laurel Hill Cemetery

National Bologna Day at Wursthaus Schmitz

Late-Night Burger, Bourbon and Beer Special at The Fat Ham (Fri, Sat)

Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out at The Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Free at The Kimmel Underground Railroad Panel Discussion

Kazumi Tanaka: Mother and Child Reunion at the Fabric Workshop and Museum

Sendak in the ’60s at the Rosenbach Museum and Library

Treasures of the Athenaeum: 200 Years of Collecting at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Fourth Fridays at Johnny Brenda’s

Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Hung Liu: Prints and Tapestries at the La Salle University Art Museum

PPL Park

U.S. Women’s National Team plays in the Championship Round of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship at PPL Park tonight at 7:30 – with a win, the team automatically qualifies for the 2015 FIFA World Cup. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Union)

Saturday, October 25

Top Pick: Head of the Schuylkill Regatta (Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday in East Passyunk

Top Pick: Rittenhouse Row Halloween Celebration

Top Pick: Oktoberfest at Dilworth Park

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October 24, 2014

Now Open: Nordstrom Rack Is Open For Business On Chestnut Street Today, Friday, October 24

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Nordstrom Rack is now open on Chestnut Street, joining the influx of new retailers to recently open in Center City. Get shopping!

A wave of new retail options has washed over Center City this fall, with big retailers like Century 21 and Uniqlo already open, and Timberland, Michael Kors and Vans coming very soon.

Today, yet another huge addition to the Center City shopping landscape has debuted on Chestnut Street: shoppers, Nordstrom Rack is open.

Inhabiting the former home of Daffy’s at 1700 Chestnut Street, Nordstrom Rack offers up 39,000-square-feet and three floors of deal-driven shopping.

As the off-price sister of luxe Nordstrom department store, the Rack sells much of the same apparel, accessories and shoes available at Nordstrom. The hook? All merchandise at Nordstrom Rack is discounted compared to the full-price Nordstrom stores.

Shoppers will find tons of high-end and mainstream brand names — all the top-line goods carried at Nordstrom and — with slash-through pricing at 30- to 70-percent reductions.

Located in the heart of the Rittenhouse-area shopping corridor, and just across the street from The Shops at Liberty Place, the new department store is a great fit for the neighborhood.

The space has been completely renovated, too, so navigating sales at the Rack will be a far cry from the former Daffy’s layout, largely thanks to the opening of a central staircase to ease the flow of traffic between store levels.

Though the retailer does already have full-line Nordstrom stores and Rack stores in Cherry Hill, Willow Grove and King of Prussia, the Chestnut Street Nordstrom Rack is the company’s first location in Philadelphia.

Truly, the shopping just keeps getting better in the City of Brotherly Love.

Now Open: Nordstrom Rack
When: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1700 Chestnut Street
Cost: Pay as you go
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October 24, 2014

Wursthaus Schmitz At Reading Terminal Market Celebrates National Bologna Day Today, Friday, October 24

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Reading Terminal Market is home to Wursthaus Schmitz, a German deli celebrating National Bologna Day today . (Photo by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia)

Now here’s a holiday that’s worthy of serious observation: National Bologna Day.

Leave it to the fine folks at Wursthaus Schmitz in the Reading Terminal Market to give a lunchmeat celebration its due, evoking memories of Oscar Meyer meals past and one-upping them with house-made artisanal goodness.

After all, chef Jeremy Nolen is the author of New German Cooking, the definitive (and soon-to-be-released) treatise on modern German cuisine from Chronicle Books, as well as the chef of South Street German eatery Brauhaus Schmitz.

On Friday, October 24, the Wursthaus highlights The Lyoner sandwich. Layered between the walls of a long roll (a nod to Philly hoagies and cheesesteaks), are thick slices of sumptuous fried bologna, mild and creamy Muenster cheese, crisp dill pickle, and biting raw onion and horseradish sauce.

While this sandwich has a place on the regular menu at the delicatessen, it tends to get overshadowed by the currywursts, the schnitzels and the what-have-yous.

On National Bologna Day it’s time to stand up for bologna that doesn’t have a first or last name — because it hardly needs them.

National Bologna Day at Wursthaus Schmitz
When: Friday, October 24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
Cost: Pay as you go
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October 24, 2014

A Guide To Day Of The Dead Celebrations In Philadelphia: Festivals And Special Events At Museums, Restaurants, Bars And Beyond


Bars, restaurants, museums and even neighborhoods celebrate Day of the Dead with festival events, including Distrito, which is pictured above. (Photo by C. Gabello for Visit Philadelphia)

Gear up for a fiesta, Philadelphia! Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, arrives in Philadelphia with a slew of festive happenings.

Officially, Day of the Dead begins on Thursday, October 31 with All Hallows’ Eve and runs through Sunday, November 2 when it ends with All Souls’ Day, but lucky for us, tons of Philadelphia’s establishments are expanding the party with events all throughout the week.

Celebrations will fill museums with traditional Day of the Dead altars, restaurants with special menus and bars with killer deals — and much more.

A little history on the holiday: It honors friends and family members who have passed away with the creation of private, festive altars, the use of sugar skulls and the deceased’s favorite food and drinks. Day of the Dead celebrations largely take place in Mexico, but festivities take place around the world, too.

Read on for our guide to Day of the Dead fiestas in Philadelphia.

South Street Headhouse District’s Day of the Dead Parade and Festival

Sunday, November 2, 2-7 p.m. The South Street Headhouse District celebrates Day of the Dead with an all-out festival complete with a parade procession down South Street, hands-on activities, sugar skull crafts, shopping from local vendors, food and drinks. The parade will leave from Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, and folks are encouraged to arrive at 1:45 p.m. in their finest Day of the Dead attire. The festival is slated to take place at 4th and South streets. MORE INFO

The Penn Museum

Saturday, November 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Penn Museum celebrates the Day of the Dead with help from the Mexican Cultural Center and the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia. All afternoon, enjoy traditional Día de los Muertos song and dance, crafts and more. In the Rotunda, artists from the Mexican Cultural Center and the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia will create a Day of the Dead altar, and smaller groups will also create Day of the Dead altar in hopes of winning a prize for the best. MORE INFO

The Cambridge

Visit The Cambridge for a Day of the Dead brunch with a beer special on November 1.(Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)


Saturday, November 1, 5-11 p.m. A full-blown Day of the Dead party fills Distrito with a plethora of food and drink specials in celebration of the holiday. Downstairs, enjoy $2 chips and salsa or chips and guacamole, $3 beer specials, $4 margaritas, $5 sangria, $5 tacos, which come with two per order and more. Upstairs, fill up on special menus and themed cocktails. Also groove to music from a DJ from 8 to 11 p.m. MORE INFO

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October 23, 2014

Now Open: Century 21 Department Store Debuts Designer Deals In Its Brand-New Philadelphia Store On Market Street

Century 21

A nearly 100,000-square-foot Century 21 Department Store is now open at The Gallery on Market Street in the former home of Strawbridge’s. (Photo by Marcus Derricotte)

Philadelphia’s rapidly expanding shopping scene feels like it has welcomed fashionable new era.

Now, style-seekers in Philadelphia have serious options for shopping not only High Street stores and independent boutiques, but also super-high-end designer goods — at low prices, to boot.

Today, Century 21 Department Store opened its first Philadelphia store on Market Street.

A trusted source in New York since the first store opened in Manhattan in 1961, Century 21 deals in on-trend clothing, shoes and accessories, as well as items for the home, beauty products, handbags and more.

The best part? All of the merchandise is deeply discounted — up to a 65-percent markdown off of retail.

A nearly 100,000-square-foot department store in the former Strawbridge’s at 8th and Market streets, the Philadelphia outpost of Century 21 is not only the store’s first Philadelphia location, but also its first store outside of the New York region.

The massive department store is a new anchor for The Gallery, a shopping center undergoing much-needed redevelopment, and sprawls over two stories with plenty of space to shop the high-end and deeply discounted merchandise for men, women and children.

The store officially opens with a ribbon-cutting on Tuesday, October 28, but diehard shoppers are invited to join Century 21′s C21Status rewards program for a first opportunity to shop the designer brands today through Sunday, October 26. To join C21Status, sign up online or sign up at the door in Philadelphia.

Open this weekend for C21Status members, the store will be closed on Monday, October 27 before a public opening at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28 following a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.

The opening of Century 21 at 801 Market Street is the first step in a project to redevelop The Gallery and fill it with higher-end retailers; like-minded retailers are expected by Center City developers to join Century 21 in the coming years.

For now, mark those calendars for the store opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 28. The first 300 guests will receive free signature tote bags and mystery gift cards amounting up to $1,000. That’s reason enough to slip out of work for a shopping trip!

And remember, Philadelphia (along with the rest of Pennsylvania) is tax-free when it comes to clothing and shoes — all the more reason for a fall shopping trip to Market Street.

It’s a new age of shopping, Philadelphia.

Now Open: Century 21
When: Now open to C21Status members; Opening to the public Tuesday, October 28
Where: 801 Market Street
Cost: Pay as you go
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Century 21

The huge Century 21 store deals in deeply discounted designers goods for men, women, children and the home. Trust us, go shop here. (Photo by Marcus Derricotte)

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October 23, 2014

Tonight Picks: Philadelphia Film Festival Block Party, Ghost Tours And Halloween Happenings, Mega-Bad Movie Night, 215 Festival And More

Independence Hall

Philadelphia is home to centuries of history, which makes it perfect for a haunted ghost tours. Luckily, tonight a number of haunting tours will fill Old City in celebration of Halloween. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

As the weekend creeps up on us, the workweek starts its wrap up with a slew of cool events.

Tonight, the Philadelphia Film Festival continues with screenings, yes, but also with a food truck block party on Sansom Street to celebrate the PFS Roxy Theater’s first year as a Philadelphia Film Festival venue.

Over the Parkway, catch a not-so-good movie tonight as the Academy of Natural Sciences hosts its mega-bad movie night, which promises an open bar, a screening of The Lost World with sci-fi discussion, visits from animals, hands-on fun and more.

Halloween events are in full swing as Terror Behind the Walls fills Eastern State Penitentiary with major scares, and ghost tours tell tales of real-life ghosts throughout Old City.

Read on for our top picks for tonight.

Philadelphia Film Society Food Truck Festival

Block party alert! Tonight, a mini food truck festival hits Sansom Street outside of the PFS Roxy Theater to mark the independent movie house’s (almost) one-year anniversary and to celebrate the Philadelphia Film Festival. In the spirit of The Food Trust’s Night Market Philadelphia, a selection of food trucks will dole out eats on Sansom Street starting at 7 p.m. Look out for Sweetbox, The Cow & the Curd, Prime Stache, Wonderland Cakes, Pie Stand and Pbon’s Fresh Phood. Plus, the fashionable ladies of the Smak Parlour Fashion Truck will roll through, too. The party is free and open to the public, and eats are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

When: Thursday, October 23, 7-9 p.m.
Where: The block of the PFS Roxy Theater, 20th and Sansom streets
Cost: Free; pay-as-you-go food

Mega-Bad Movie Night: The Lost World at the Academy of Natural Sciences

The Academy of Natural Sciences’ hosts its recurring Mega-Bad Movie Night tonight from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tonight, watch The Lost World, a ’60s film. Hear from experts regarding the sci-fi aspects of this film and enjoy complimentary popcorn, an open bar with VIP tickets, live animals, hands-on activities, a chance to explore the galleries and more. Tickets, which are $25 for the full package, are available online.

When: Thursday, October 23, 5:30-9 p.m.
Where: Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $15 and up

Terror Behind the Walls

The once-abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary is now home to one of the nation’s most frightful haunted house events, Terror Behind the Walls. Save $3 when you purchase tickets to Terror Behind the Walls online using discount code VISITPHILLY31.

When: Thursday, October 23, 7-11 p.m.
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue
Cost: $19 in advance, $25 at the door; Save $3 on online tickets wide code VISITPHILLY31

Philadelphia Film Festival Presents Beyond the Lights

The Philadelphia Film Festival continues with a screening of Beyond the Lights at the Ritz East. The film tells the story of a rising singer, pushy manager moms and her romantic journey. The screening will take place at the Ritz East at 7 p.m.

When: Thursday, October 23, 7 p.m.
Where: Ritz East, 125 S. 2nd Street
Cost: $12

Ghost Tours of Philadelphia

Discover what may be lurking behind the shadows throughout America’s Most Historic Square Mile. Ghost Tours of Philadelphia uncover haunted spots throughout Society Hill, Independence Mall and Washington Square, telling chilling tales of Benedict Arnold and Founding Fathers along the way. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12.

When: Thursday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Tours leave from Signers Garden at 5th and Chestnut streets
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for children


Tonight, The Academy of Natural Sciences hosts its recurring mega-bad movie night complete with a movie screening, hands-on fun, an open bar and more. (Photo by Aileen Bannon for the Academy of Natural Sciences)

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October 23, 2014

Family-Friendly Actvities And Amazing Carving Displays At Moravian Tile Works Pumpkinfest In Doylestown, Saturday, October 25


Moravian Tile Works hosts a Halloween bash with huge pumpkins and plenty of family-friendly fun this Saturday, October 25. (Photo courtesy Visit Bucks County)

There are jack o’lanterns, and then there are jack o’lanterns.

This Saturday, head to historic Doylestown for one of the region’s most popular annual fall events: Pumpkinfest. During this squash-centric celebration, an array of impressive carvers will create glowing works of art out of enormous pumpkins. We’re talking 100 to 300 pounders.

By the end of the night, these giant gourds will become illuminated masterpieces set between the archways of Moravian Pottery and Tile Works.

In addition to the carving demonstrations, there will be family-friendly activities like pony rides, an inflatable rain garden, a youth concert, a food truck pavilion and more. Be sure to bring some cash, as there is an extra cost for some of the activities.

This community-driven event is open to kids of all ages, and admission is by the carload. Early birds who arrive between 2 and 4 p.m. get in for $10/car. After that, the price goes up to $20/car.

In case of rain, festivities will be held on Sunday.

Moravian Tile Works Pumpkinfest
When: Saturday, October 25, 2-10 p.m.
Where: Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, 130 Swamp Road, Doylestown
Cost: $10/carload from 2-4 p.m.; $20/carload from 4-10 p.m.
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October 23, 2014

Franklin Square Plays Host To An Afternoon Of Free Trick-Or-Treating This Saturday, October 25

Franklin Square

This Saturday, October 25, Franklin Square celebrates Halloween with a free trick-or-treat trail for kids. (Photo courtesy Franklin Square)

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Franklin Square’s trick-or-treat trail, which brings free Halloween fun to the historic park this Saturday, October 25.

From noon to 3 p.m., youngsters are invited out for some pre-Halloween trick-or-treating along the square’s trick-or-treat trail.

Kids are encouraged to decorate a bag for candy gathering, pick up a trick-or-treat map and follow it to participating candy-giving locations.

The trick-or-treat trail is free for children under the age of 10.

Beyond the trick-or-treat trail, Franklin Square brings Halloween festivities to the spotlight with spooky mini-golf, which transforms the mini-golf course into a Halloween attraction complete with music, fog and creepy additions on weekends from 6 to 9 p.m.

Franklin Square Trick-or-Treat Trail
When: Saturday, October 25, noon-3 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square, 6th and Race Streets
Cost: Free
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